Sometimes commentary is vital to understanding the meaning of Scripture. People have researched the original language, the original context, the original audience. And their research needs to be read and studied. I believe Scripture taken out of context is a dangerous thing.
But I also believe although context is crucial and necessary, the Word of God is wonderfully, sweetly enough. Scripture is beautifully profound and beautifully simple. And the Word of God does not return void.
I recently came across a verse in Isaiah that spoke wonders to my soul:
"And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever." Isaiah 32:17 (ESV)
Even if you don't know anything about the cultural context of Isaiah, this verse can point you to Jesus. This verse can incline your heart to the heart of God. This verse can remind you that His ways are pure and just, right and good. This verse can remind you that it is worth it. Following steadfastly after Jesus is so worth it. When we trust Jesus Christ as Lord, He becomes our righteousness. And in our continued sanctification, He brings us a peace that passes all understanding. In our continued perseverance, He instills in us a confidence in His sovereignty.
Brothers and sisters, I share this to simply say press on in your reading of the Word. All of Scripture points to Jesus. Our Savior is found on every page of the Bible. So press on through the books you may not understand; press on through the pages of the Old Testament; press on through the tough stuff. The Author will awaken your heart to glorious Gospel truths generously scattered throughout.
Sarah loves Jesus and her family and is passionate about addressing the urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. She is the wife of Spencer and mama of Katherine and Claire, and they live in Nashville, TN. She runs a photography business with her husband and writes in order to offer encouragement and invite others to choose grace, joy, and gratitude in the adventure and the mundane. She loves traveling and reading; she will choose unsweet tea over sweet and bootcut jeans over skinny; and she is all sorts of awkward with small talk but thrives with deep conversations.